Timo Werner told Frank Lampard that he was frustrated playing on the left side of attack because it’s not his best position, reports claim. The German frontman seemed to adjust well to English football at the beginning of his Chelsea career before a dramatic fall from grace in recent months.
As it stands, Werner cannot buy a goal as he desperate looks to play his way out of form.
The former RB Leipzig man was left on the bench for Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge on Wednesday as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Wolves.
Before his controversial departure, Lampard continued to play Werner in a bid to get him firing again.
The 24-year-old has played in a number of positions this season for the Blues but has mostly featured on the left of a front three.
“I missed penalties, I know the feeling. I know he will feel despondent, maybe now and the last few minutes of the game, but he shouldn’t be.
“It’s my job and his teammates’ job to lift him and he will be fine.
“At the moment that’s not quite the time for Timo, but it will come and hopefully soon.”
Chelsea are optimistic that the arrival of his compatriot Tuchel can help Werner and Kai Havertz fulfil their potential following their arrival from the Bundesliga last summer.
Tuchel has hinted that Werner has reiterated the same message he told Lampard about his position on the pitch.
“Timo prefers to have space,” Tuchel said. “He is super fast, likes to play very high up on the last line. A little bit more to the left, to receive the ball in the open space.
“Can we develop movements and patterns of behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? I am absolutely convinced, and that is my job [to do that].
The guy is young, the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn. At the moment I can see that his face is a bit closed, I can see that the weight is on his shoulders. He cares a lot, and it shows that he has fantastic character.
“Sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot, it is better as a striker to not care at all, but he is not that guy. He is not happy with himself and the way things have gone lately.
“It is important to rebuild his trust in himself, and to re-find a smile on his face and to stop doubting himself too much. It is my job to help him with this, and to help find the position where we can use his strengths.”